Volunteer

Every year over 500 people add immense value to The Connection’s services by volunteering their time.

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All volunteers at The Connection at St Martin’s will have access to training and support and if you are unwaged your travel expenses will be paid.

Please note, we require a minimum six month commitment for most of our volunteering positions. For more information or to apply for any roles please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager, on lance.kuhn@cstm.org.uk or 020 7925 7893.

‘Stand By’ Volunteers – Weekdays
We are looking for people who have weekday 9am – 1pm availability who would be willing to join our bank of ‘stand by’ volunteers to call upon when regular volunteers are off or services require extra support.
This is a role for someone who can turn their hand to any task required – activities, medical, Art Room or catering. This role is for someone who can be contacted as and when a role becomes available – usually at short notice(the day before) or can cover a regular time slot for 2-3 weeks in a row during another volunteer’s absence.
If you would like a client-facing role, are flexible and confident and are willing to help out as and when required then please apply. Full training is offered and you will play a valuable role in supporting various staff teams delivering services to our homeless clients.

Men’s Barber – Weekday morning 10am to 1pm.
We are looking for a men’s barber who can come into the Connection on a weekly or every 2nd week from the hours of 10am to 1pm. Most of our clients are men (over 80%) and having the option of getting their hair cut here at the centre really helps with self-esteem and confidence.
You would need to be a professional barber who can come with scissors, clippers and sterilised equipment and we will provide a room, chairs, mirrors and lots of eager clients!
You will need a patient and people oriented attitude and willing to work as part of a team.

Activities Room Volunteer – Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays 8:30am to 1pm
Our ground floor activities room which houses client computers, telephones and a small library needs a volunteer who can assist with these activities every Tuesday morning.
Your role would be to assist new clients as we induct them into The Connection, monitor the PCs and phones, and help with form filling or general enquiries.
You will be looking for a client facing role, where no two days are ever the same and have a calm, patient manner. You will be willing to lend a hand to any task required and be a good listener. Being able to speak another European language would be helpful, although this is not essential. You will be working as part of a team and full training will be offered.

Careers Drop-in Volunteer, Enterprise and Employment – Tuesday – Fridays 9:30am – 12:30pm
The Enterprise and Employment service at The Connection at St Martin’s runs a busy drop-in resource area for clients which is open five mornings a week, Monday to Friday. We provide support for homeless people using our day centre to find jobs, courses, training and voluntary work.

Currently we provide careers and job search support to an average of 20 – 25 people each morning and have two qualified careers advisors available to support clients as well as an IT tutor to offer on the spot help for clients to identify and work towards their individual goals around work and learning.

We recruit volunteers in order to further improve the quality of the service we provide by being available during these morning sessions to provide additional support for clients who access our job search drop-in sessions, based on the first floor of the day centre building.

We currently require volunteers to cover one session each day of the week that we are from 9:30am to 12:30pm to do the following:

• Greet clients when they arrive
• Ensure clients sign our drop-in register
• Find client files for existing clients
• Support clients with job search activities such as CVs, covering letters and job applications.
• Provide support with translation where possible
• Attend team debrief to discuss the mornings events

Page last updated 03.09.2019.

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